Parents who lose a child entitled to bereavement leave


A new Bill giving employed parents the right to paid bereavement leave has this week been given Royal Assent. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill is the first of its kind in the UK and affords bereaved parents new rights, never before afforded by statute.

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act is expected to come into force in 2020 and will mean that employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to 2 weeks’ bereavement leave. They will also be able to claim pay for this period, provided they meet eligibility criteria. Employed parents who suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy will also be afforded the same rights.

This new Act has the potential to impact all employers and should be borne in mind in preparation for the anticipated implementation of the new law in 2020.


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